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A Return to the Dark Times?


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A Return to the Dark Times?

MplsM ary | | Mar 12, 2013 11:13 AM

I live in Minneapolis. All sorts of interesting new restaurants have opened up in the Twin Cities in the last couple years. I have not been to one of them. Why? Because every single dish has meat in some form - even the vegetable dishes.

Sure I could call ahead and ask for dishes to be prepared vegetarian, but seriously, I just find it a pain. It's not something I've had to do for the last 15 years.

I am not talking about meat-centric restaurants like steak houses, rather new, 'innovative' restaurants where pancetta, prosciutto or bacon are in every dang dish (especially vegetables and salads) and the fries are cooked in lard or duck fat.

Seriously, some of us like the way vegetables taste. No free roaming Iberian pig parts are needed to make them tasty.

Having been a vegetarian since 1974 I've experienced the vagaries of restaurant trends. This latest trend, with all the cool chefs with pig tattoos preparing porky food for omnivores is, I realize, just the latest. I just wish they'd set aside a couple dishes for vegetarians.

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